The NY Post reports….Back in 1996, Shavo was 22 years old and working with his band mates to get System of a Down off the ground. They smoked pot illicitly and bought their stuff from a guy named Phil who dealt out of his home garage in North Hollywood.
“Phil grew it himself,” Shavo tells The Post, speaking of his first exposure to Church weed . “You’d go there and jam with him sometimes. He might roll a joint and pass it around. Then we’d buy an 8th [of an ounce] for $55 — and split it [to defray the cost]. It could take 40 minutes to make a buy. But that was what we did and he had the best pot in LA.”
Back then, the smell and taste, says Shavo, “brought back memories of being young and going to church and singing in the choir.” Phil’s frankincense-smelling grass was christened Church weed and heartily enjoyed.